|Geyser plumes in the crater|
|The hot magmatic rock of the volcano causes the cold water to boil and steam|
El Tatio means 'grandfather' or 'old man crying' in Quechua (natives of northern Chile). It was incredible to see the white vapour streams shoot out of the ground, and to hear the earth groan and grumble and boil and bubble. The geysers were spectacular in the early morning light as the sun rose over the edge of the crater.
|Sunrise over the crater|
|A big geyser|
|A big spurt of boiling water, about 1m high|
|The geothermic field|
|Us in front of a geyser|
After viewing the geysers, we warmed up with some hot chocloate which had been boiled in one of the little fumaroles, heated by the 85˚ water from the earth. Thanks Mother Nature! After breakfast we had an opportunity to see the geysers in the full sunlight.
On the way back to San Pedro we passed some small villages, rivers and wetlands. It was strange to see so much water in the desert, and we were lucky enough to see wild vicuñas and llamas in the area.
|A wetland in the desert|
|Vicuña in the wetland|
|Shaggy llama in the wetland|
|Mommy and baby llamas!|
|Funny looking creatures|